The Great American Eclipse 2017 was one of the most anticipated astronomical events, maybe ever. But, it is now in the past. If you’re anything like me, you are stuck with eclipse glasses that you have no idea what to do with. You can throw them in the trash; but then you may get haunting nightmares about global warming and trash-filled oceans. You can try and save them for the 2024 Eclipse; but if you’re being real with yourself, how are you going to remember where you put some cardboard glasses for 7 years?
So, now I present you with a third, feel-good option – donate them.
While last Monday’s eclipse was probably the most hyped up eclipse in our history, they actually happen pretty often! Astronomers without Borders is helping communities that may not have access to eclipse glasses get prepared. They will be collecting and testing eclipse glasses before sending them to schools and institutions across the globe for free! Right now, they are getting prepared to send glasses to South America and southeastern Asia which will both experience eclipses less than 2 years away in 2019.
If this sounds good to you, throw your glasses in an envelope and send them to:
AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation Program
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
We hope you keep those eclipse glasses out of landfills and junk drawers and do your good deed for the day.
You can read more about the Astronomers without Borders Eclipse Glasses Donation Program here.